The American Lung Association claims that Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. With all the contamination outside, many think that the air outdoors is worse than indoors. In reality, the air in your home can be anywhere from two to five times more polluted because pollutants stay trapped within the walls and are even emitted from paints, carpets, furniture and appliances. These pollutants are inhaled by your family and can begin causing upper respiratory problems or make existing problems like asthma and allergies even worse.
Take Care of Dust Mites
Dust mites are microscopic bugs, measuring only 1/100 of an inch, which feed off of dead skin cells. For this reason, they are found congregated in bedding, furniture, carpets and rugs. Dustmites.com states “Densities of dust mites in the typical used mattress can range from 100,000 to 10 million individual mites.” That is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl, to help with allergies associated with dust mites you can:
- Washing your bedding once every week in hot water.
- Leaving your bed unmade. This allows everything to dry out more completely during the day, lessening the moisture mites need to survive.
- Removing carpet from your bedroom and using tile or hardwood floors instead.
- Encasing your pillows, mattress and box spring in mite-proof covers.
- Cleaning your floors weekly.
- Making sure your home is well ventilated.
Measure Radon Exposure
Responsible for an estimated 21,000 deaths per year, radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon is created when natural uranium breaks down in the soil. You can purchase a test kit at your local hardware store to measure whether or not radon is seeping into your home. If it is, a professional must be contacted to determine the best way to eliminate and prevent it.
Trim Down on Excess Mold and Mildew
- Vent bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchen stoves to the outside.
- Fix all leaks and drips, seal all cracks and patch any holes in the roof.
- Remove carpeting from areas where moisture is inclined to collect, such as the bathroom.
- Insulate areas where moisture tends to collect on cold surfaces such as pipes, windows, walls and floors.
- Remove any existing mold and mildew you find, either with detergent and water or by a professional.
Ventilate Well to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Build Up
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause brain damage and death, but its first exposure symptoms are similar to the flu and can be mistaken for a virus. It is important to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home and to keep your home well ventilated.
Cut Down On Particulate Matter and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Particulate matter, especially from smoke, can make its way into your upper respiratory system and create a whole host of problems. It is important to ask guests to smoke outside and scent the home with something such as boiling cinnamon sticks instead of incense. VOCs, a general name for gasses emitted into the air, can come from chemical based cleaners, air fresheners, paint and carpet and cause terrible effects on your health such as respiratory problems, headaches, liver, kidney and central nervous system damage, skin irritation and cancer. To cut down on VOCs, use non-toxic paints, keep your home well ventilated, use natural cleaners without harsh chemicals and remove carpeting from your home.
Remove Harmful Pollutants with a HEPA Air Purifier
One way to reduce all these sources of pollutants in your home’s air is by using an air purifier with a HEPA and activated carbon filter. HEPA air purifiers work by filtering out larger particles in the air, followed by smaller particles, as small as 1/25,400 of an inch. Some of the particles removed by HEPA include dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, viruses and bacteria. Activated carbon then captures harmful gases, VOCs and odors. This three step process is powerful and efficient enough to remove the irritants mentioned above, thus reducing your family’s risk of problems associated with each irritant. It can be overwhelming trying to eliminate dust mites, mold, mildew and VOCs from a home. Let the HEPA air purifiers work for you to make sure that you are breathing the cleanest air possible.
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